Praeri Rail Trail

Runs between Roland and Zearing and parallels E-18

The Praeri Rail Trail is a 10.5-mile recreational corridor that runs from Roland through McCallsburg to Highway 65 west of Zearing.

Sections of the trail at Roland and McCallsburg have a limestone surface; the remainder of the trail is mowed grass and may be difficult for all but off-road (mountain) bikes.  Access to the trail is easiest from the Roland City Park at the northeast edge of town (North Park Street and National Street) and from McCallsburg.

  • Summer trail uses include hiking, biking, jogging, and horseback riding.
  • Winter recreation includes cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.(Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail when there is sufficient snow cover. All other motorized vehicles are prohibited.)
  • View wildlife, picking wild strawberries, raspberries, plums, and mulberries, and enjoy nature.
  • Public hunting - Sections of the trail are open to public hunting and  trapping. The miles of trail adjacent  to a city boundary are closed to these activities. Only non-toxic ammunition is allowed. No target shooting is allowed. Please get permission to hunt within 200 yards of any occupied buildings.


The section of abandoned railway was acquired by the county in 1978, and development began in the spring of 1979. The spelling of the word "Praeri" is in recognition of the area's strong Norwegian heritage. Many native prairie remnants can be seen adjacent to the trail.

Praeri Rail Trail